Idaho Senate hands defeat to ATV hunters

robby denning

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This just hitting the news (link at bottom). Idaho senate allows Fish and Game to continue to regulate hunters using ATV's to hunt.

This is a win for the hunters who want to hike/hunt without ATV's. I'll say right up front I was for this defeat. While Idaho Fish and Game has their problems, they were trying to help stop the onslaught of hunters using ATV's and give all of us a better experience on the mountain. Good for F&G!

Just last night, at a spring break barbeque, I got into an edgy discussion with a Forest Service employee and a pretty hard core hunter who were arguing that Fish and Game SHOULD NOT be able to regulate hunters using ATV's.

They think all that authority should be to the land managers (Forest Service, BLM, etc,). I conceded that would be great but the land managers are the first to say they are understaffed and have a hard time enforcing trail closures, and those managers aren't specialists in managing hunters, just forest users. They pretty much agreed with me and both said that ATV's are a big problem in Idaho.

If hunting is to be preserved, then we must challenge the greatest threats to its existence. I know many hunters who won't hunt because they can't get away from the ATV's. If this bill would have passed, we'd be telling those hunters they are old fashioned and the future is here. Thank God we didn't send that message.
Also, for those of you who know Lou Griffin of Idaho Falls, (a real deer hunter!), he was instrumental in bringing about awareness of this bill and its defeat- thanks Lou

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/03/26/2051730/senate-kills-atv-hunting-bill.html#storylink=misearch
 

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Now if only they would inforce the law. The Diamond creek and Slug creek areas of unit 76 are horrible for having hunters pass you on closed trails. Talk to the F&G office in Soda Springs and they tell exactly what you said "were understaffed". I don't mind the law, but hiking for two or three hours in the dark only to get passed at the top by a camo clad dip S**T on four wheeler gets really old. Just my two cents.
 
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robby denning

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unit 76 is bad. 20 years ago, there weren't many guys in those areas you mentioned more than 1 mile from the road, that is why I'm glad the law stayed on the books. Imagine if it would have got defeated and emboldened the ATV guys even more.
 
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it is really good that they are keeping control. the forest service does not enforce there laws unless they are right next to their trucks. many times i have hiked in to a remote area only to have someone illegally come in on 4 wheelers. never have i seen a forest service guy back in there. the fines are low and the chance of being fined is so low that a lot of people are willing to chance it. way to go idaho
 
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